What is RIBN?

The mission of Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses is to improve the health and health outcomes of North Carolinians by enhancing the educational preparation and diversity of the nursing workforce. The program provides a nursing option that concurrently enrolls students in a local college – where students obtain their associate degree in nursing – and later, a university – where they complete their bachelor's degree in nursing.

Started in 2010, there are now several regional RIBN partnerships across the state. Click here to watch a video about the value of the RIBN program.

The Hickory RIBN program dually admits students to Lenoir-Rhyne University and one of these six local colleges that partner with the LRU College of Nursing.

Students in the RIBN Track:

  • Spend the first part of the program at a local college while taking at least one course per semester at Lenoir-Rhyne University (most classes at LRU are online).
  • Receive their associate degrees in nursing.
  • Progress to the final year of the program after passing the state licensure exam.
  • Start working as Registered Nurses while completing one more year of course work online at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
  • Upon completion of their final year, receive their Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

What are the Advantages of RIBN for students?

  • Completion of BSN degree in a timely matter.
  • Expanded career and educational opportunities.
  • Guaranteed spot it highly competitive community college nursing program (if applying as a traditional 4-year applicant)
  • An affordable way to receive a valuable baccalaureate degree.
  • Added support with a RIBN student success advocate available to assist program participants.
  • Option to work as a registered nurse one year earlier than with a traditional baccalaureate degree.​

 

Admission Requirements

Traditional 4-Year Applicants (High School seniors and students with less than 26 transferable college credit hours) must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the program:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent plus satisfactory completion of the following course requirements:
    • Four units of English
    • Two units of a language other than English
    • One unit of American History
    • Three units of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, and geometry).
    • One unit of a laboratory science (other than Chemistry)
    • One Unit of Chemistry (Required) - must be within the last 5 years
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • An SAT or ACT score with a minimum of:
    • SAT Pre March 2016: 500 in Math and 500 in Critical Reading
    • SAT March 2016 and forward: 530 in Math and 480 In Reading/Writing
    • ACT: 22 Math and 18 English or 22 Reading
  • A Test of Essential Academic Skills exam (TEAS) score at or above the Proficient level or a minimum of 63 points (65 for Gaston College Applicants) (Click here for TEAS registration information)

Transfer 3-Year Applicants (students with 26 or more transferable college credit hours) must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the program:

  • Be accepted into one of the partner college’s Associate Degree Nursing Programs
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college coursework
  • A Test of Essential Academic Skills exam (TEAS) score at or above 63 points (65 for Gaston College Applicants) (Click here for TEAS registration information)

 

Deadlines & Selection Process

Traditional 4-year students (high school seniors and students with less than 26 transferrable college credits) who meet the minimum admissions requirements set forth above will be offered a seat in the 2017 class provided a seat is available. Application reviews will begin on November 1st, and students will then be accepted on a rolling basis. Since applicants are accepted on a rolling admission, the student has a greater chance of reserving a seat the earlier s/he applies. Students applying after November 1st will be notified of an admission decision two - four weeks after submitting all required items. While there is no deadline for traditional 4-year RIBN students, it is HIGHLY recommended students apply no later than March 1st, 2017. Only students with completed applications and supplemental items will receive decision letters.

Students applying after all of the seats have been filled will be ranked numerically based on the following criteria:

  • GPA (weighted as 25% of the score)
  • SAT or ACT (weighted as 25% of the score)
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Exam score (weighted as 50% of the score)

Students will then be put on the waiting list in their ranking order.

Transfer 3-year students (students with 26 or more transferrable college credits) who meet the minimum admissions requirements set forth above will be offered a seat in the 2017 class provided a transfer seat is available. Because transfer students are not able to apply to RIBN until after they have been accepted into their local college’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program, they must wait until after they have received notice of their ADN acceptance which may be as late as April 2017. Transfer 3-year students have a deadline of May 1st, 2017 to apply and have all supplemental items turned in.

Students applying after all of the transfer seats have been filled will be ranked numerically based on the following criteria:

GPA (weighted as 50% of the score)
TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Exam score (weighted as 50% of the score)

Students will then be put on the waiting list in their ranking order.

 

How To Apply

Click on the local college of your choice for deadlines and information on how to apply.

 

Tuition and Fees

The RIBN program was built with both quality and affordability in mind. RIBN is an innovative way to earn a highly valuable baccalaureate nursing degree at extremely affordable rates. Students pay community college tuition for the first three years (in addition to paying for at least one course per semester at LRU). All classes at Lenoir-Rhyne University are at the Life Long Learning tuition rate, which tends to be cheaper than on-campus rates. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. 

Students applying for financial aid will do so through their choice of local college. Therefore, students should indicate their choice of local college on their FAFSA. Please contact the admissions office at your choice of local college for specific financial aid information. 

Loans and Scholarships

 

Questions?

Contact Us

Jordan Thomas, Hickory RIBN Student Success Advocate

Jordan.Thomas@lr.edu; 828-328-7213

RIBN is coordinated statewide by the Foundation for Nursing Excellence with financial support from the Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers Program.

For more information about the statewide RIBN program, visit www.ribn.org. For more information on the background and funding of RIBN, visit the Foundation for Nursing Excellence website at www.ffne.org/ribn-project.

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